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05 Oct 2016
Pictures Inspire Words, poetry, susan irvine

Pictures inspire words

PICTURES INSPIRE WORDS While the Nobody’s Home exhibition was taking place at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, I received a message from Susan Irvine of Kingsbury Episcopi (I’d never heard of it either), in Somerset. She asked if there were plans for the exhibition to travel further afield. She also asked if I was OK with her using the images as inspiration for her writing. “Fine by me”, I replied. A week later Susan gave up waiting for news of the […]

15 Aug 2016

Nobody’s Home in Glasgow

NOBODY’S HOME IN GLASGOW 52 hours in Glasgow: a tale of two radio interviews, an exhibition opening, chatting on the telly and wasting time in the clouds above Benbecula. Wednesday July 20th 6.00am: set off to Stornoway airport to catch the 8.25am direct flight to Glasgow. The plan was to arrive in Glasgow at 9.25am, head straight to The Lighthouse to oversee and help hang all the prints for the official opening of Nobody’s Home the following day. I get […]

22 Dec 2015
Northern Correspondent, article, december 2015, 8 pages

From our Northern Correspondent

FROM OUR NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT Latest issue of The Northern Correspondent features one of my photographs on the front cover, plus another eight pages inside the mag. The Northern Correspondent was created by a small group of journalists and story-tellers, writers, photographers, illustrators, film-makers and broadcasters who are passionate about telling stories of the people and places of the north east. They tell those stories in whichever medium is best for each story. They’ve identified a growing appetite for longer form, […]

06 Dec 2015
scottish field, magazine article, 6 pages, january 2016

Scottish Field, Jan 2016… behind the scenes

SCOTTISH FIELD, JAN 2016… BEHIND THE SCENES A behind the scenes look at the Scottish Field article, including some of Angus Blackburn’s photos that didn’t appear in the mag. It’s in the shops now. See the published article here. Must admit I was surprised when I got a call from Kirsty Smyth of Scottish Field a few months ago. She was looking to do a “lifestyle/culture” feature for the mag. I was aware of Scottish Field but I’d never actually […]

19 Oct 2014
Iolaire Memorial, world war, isle of lewis

War Memorials, Part 1: Lewis & Harris

WAR MEMORIALS, PART 1: LEWIS & HARRIS Earlier this year I was commissioned by the Gaelic Arts Agency (Pròiseact nan Ealan) to photograph  a series of War Memorials throughout the Western Isles as part of a project commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War 1. The resulting images are being incorporated into large display panels as part of a touring exhibition which will visit a number of venues in the Western Isles and further afield during the remainder of 2014 […]

16 Dec 2011

NY2SY

Niall Iain Macdonald contacted me the other day, asking if I’d consider contributing one of my prints as a raffle prize for an event being held later this month in aid of the forthcoming North Atlantic Row and his chosen charity, SAMH. ‘No problem’, I said. Niall called down to Leverburgh today to collect his boat (now christened ‘The Fox’). I ventured down to the pier, camera in hand and rattled off a few snaps while he was loading it on to its custom built trailer.

21 Aug 2011
Night photography beginners guide, part 4

Night Photography Beginners Guide, Part 4: Useful Accessories

The best tool I’ve found so far for lighting my night photographs (apart from the moon!) is the Lenser T7 LED torch (note: torch = flash-light in the US).  For it’s size, the T7 is an incredibly powerful torch. I’m sure there are others capable of getting the job done but having used the T7 for more than a year, I see no need to go in search of anything else. It operates off 4 x triple A batteries and […]

23 Jan 2011

Night Photography Beginners Guide, Part 3: Essential Accessories

Before venturing out on a long night shoot session, three items I find indispensable… tripod battery grip shutter release cable On my first night shoot, I tried getting by without two of the above but very quickly decided I needed all three before my next attempt. 1. Tripod I already had a budget tripod purchased from Jessops many years earlier. It worked OK for fast exposure snapshot type pics but for long exposures it wasn’t sturdy enough. I needed something […]

06 Jan 2011

Night Photography Beginners Guide, Part 2: Choosing a Lens

Two words: “Go Wide!” No, make that three words: “Go Ultra Wide!” For outdoor night photography, a wide angle lens is my first choice. A wide lens gets more stuff into the picture. You can get up close to your subject and still capture an expansive background, whether it be the sky, trees, hills, whatever. As in this shot: Like most of my night photos as of December 2010, I used a Canon 10-22mm lens set to 10mm. You’ll notice […]

03 Jan 2011

Night Photography Beginners Guide, Part 1: Choosing a Camera

I’m often asked about the techniques and equipment I use to create my night photographs. Most enquirers assume it involves lots of expensive equipment. It doesn’t have to. This first chapter in the series is aimed at the absolute beginner;  the person who possibly doesn’t even own a camera yet. I’m going back to the place I was at in early December 2009; no digital camera,  no experience of night photography, no clue how my attempts would turn out but […]